Thursday Campus Update

Dear Members of the University of Bridgeport Community,

On this Thursday, we continue to hear news from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont regarding emergency actions in place to maintain the safety of residents and support small businesses. Just this afternoon, Governor Lamont submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a presidential major disaster declaration due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the State of Connecticut. These effects surely cannot be understated—the pandemic has brought many fragile organizations to the brink. In fact, I learned this morning that the Business Council of Fairfield County, an organization committed to the economic development of Fairfield County, which I joined last month as a board member, will be closing. Unfortunately, its financial challenges were insurmountable in the current economic climate.

The number of students on campus remains consistent with the totals that I reported last Friday. We currently have 42 undergraduate students and 49 graduate students in apartments and off-campus housing. I have received some questions regarding whether or not members of our community have tested positive with COVID-19. To date, we are not aware of any positive cases. We are working towards further reductions in UB’s operational footprint based on sanitization progress, campus occupancy, shelter in place requirements, and the campus residential housing transition plan. I assure you that every day, work continues on campus to ensure that all spaces are safe and prepared for the moment when we can re-open our doors.

To our wonderful students, I cannot stress enough how much we miss you. Campus is all too quiet without the sounds of your voices and laughter. We are working to maintain our social media channels to stay connected with you during these challenging and unprecedented times. Each of you contributes so much to this special community—we are not whole without you.

Faculty, the Office of Marketing and Communications will be reaching out to you in the next 24 hours to provide more information about how you can share your messages of hope and inspiration with our students. Let’s show our students how much they mean to us—please get involved!

I know that there are important issues that our students, faculty, and staff would like to hear more about: room and board refunds, commencement, satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading policy, and more. Please know that we are working through these issues as quickly as possible and will have more information available for you in the days ahead.

Sincerely yours,

Laura Skandera Trombley